Ricky Gill (R-CA-9)


February 22, 2012


LODI, CA, February 22, 2012 – The California Young Republican Federation has endorsed Congressional candidate Ricky Gill, a small business owner and family farmer who is challenging incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) in the newly drawn 9th Congressional District.

“Ricky is the ideal candidate to represent our generation in Congress,” said California Young Republican Federation Chairman Joe Sanchis. “He’s not only a formidable campaigner — he’s a serious thinker who understands what’s at stake for our future. From reducing health care costs to ending reckless federal spending, Ricky will work tirelessly to ensure younger generations can avail themselves of the opportunities that make this country great.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Young Republicans, who promote the conservative ideals that will secure young Americans’ futures,” said Gill. “With young Americans poised to inherit unprecedented levels of national debt, it is more important than ever that our generation assert itself in Congress.”

Gill also will be a featured speaker at a town hall hosted by the Young Republicans during this weekend’s California Republican Party spring convention. (Tickets to the town hall are available here.)

“We’re proud to join other conservative leaders in endorsing Ricky for California’s 9th District,” said Sanchis. “We look forward to joining forces with Ricky as he fights to give voters the fresh start they deserve.”

If elected, Gill would become the youngest member of the new Congress.

Gill, who has raised more than $1 million to date, also has received endorsements from national and local leaders including South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and longtime San Joaquin Valley Congressman Norman D. Shumway.

About Ricky Gill

Ricky Gill is a native of San Joaquin County, born and raised in Lodi, California. The son of immigrant parents, Ricky is a small business owner, a family farmer, and a former member of the California State Board of Education whose story speaks to the power of the American dream. Ricky grew up helping manage his family’s vineyard operation and serving the community as chair of the Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission. He has played an integral role in his family’s small business, which employs 60 people in the San Joaquin Valley, for several years. In 2004, he was appointed by the Governor to the California State Board of Education, where he served as the sole representative of more than six million public school students. He subsequently served as an adviser to the California Secretary of Education. Ricky now serves as a member of the Lodi Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, he will soon complete his Juris Doctor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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